The skill of sharpening is fundamental to the craft of woodworking, and indispensable to using Japanese tools to their full potential.
Our sharpening sessions are designed to be approachable, sociable and most of all enjoyable for people of all skill levels.
In this three hour session we focus on one particular tool, with a view to getting the Japanese variations of that tool singing. However, if you would like to bring non-Japanese tools along and give them a lick on the stones you are very welcome to.
Our approach is overwhelmingly based on waterstone sharpening, also covering diamond plates and on some occasions strops. We prefer to sharpen freehand and encourage you to give it a go too. We have jigs available to use which we also can incorporate into the session.
All sessions will follow a loose structure heavily shaped by the tools that you bring on the night to sharpen. Please bring anything/everything you want to get sharp (though we often don't get through more than one or two), and as many sharpening-related questions as you can fit under your hat!
Thursday Evenings, 6pm to 9pm, at the JTA Workshop
29 Production Ave, Kogarah NSW 2217
Class Size: 4 Pax
Light refreshments provided. Please BYO more substantial food if you like.
Thurs 11 March: Carving Tool Sharpening
Thurs 18 March: Chisel Sharpening + Setup
Thurs 25 March: Japanese Plane Tuning + Sharpening
Thurs 8 April: Kitchen Knife Sharpening
Thurs 15 April: Chisel Sharpening + Setup
Thurs 22 April: Japanese Plane Tuning + Sharpening
Thurs 29 April: Carving Tool Sharpening
Thurs 6 May: Kitchen Knife Sharpening